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Partner in respect: Citi

One of Citi’s Key Principles is to maintain a culture of leadership based on talented people with the best training, who thrive in a diverse meritocracy that demands excellence, initiative and courage.  The organization’s deep commitment to diversity, combined with its size and global reach, ensures that opportunity and responsibility are available across the spectrums of national and cultural identity, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. 

Citi’s community partnerships are at the core of its efforts to promote diversity in the workplace and in society.  In the LGBT community, Citi has worked closely with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) since 2005 to support respect and acceptance in public schools.  Among the other organizations that Citi counts a community partners are the Human Rights Campaign; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York; Out and Equal Workplace Advocates; Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays; Point Foundation; and Reaching Out: the Gay/Lesbian MBA Student Conference.

An important way that Citi affirms, reinforces and celebrates its commitment to diversity is through its Employee Networks.  These employee-initiated and –led groups are organized based on affinity and open to all employees.  They offer opportunities for networking (including, importantly, cross-networking), mentoring, coaching and community involvement. 

Citi’s Employee Networks include Pride Networks in eleven cities in the U.S. and Europe.  Activities presented by the Pride Networks in 2011 included:

  • "Bullying: The Impact on Our Workforce,” a program that featured a keynote address by Dr. Eliza Byard, Executive Director of GLSEN, and Joe Kemmerling, who is a GLSEN Ambassador finishing his senior year of high school in New Jersey.
  • Participation in — and coordination of Citi’s support for — “Out on the Street,” the first-ever annual LGBT Leadership Summit for the Wall Street community;and
  • “The Ally – A Driver for Social Change,” a panel/webinar that featured Richard Parsons, Chairman of the Citigroup Board of Directors, and Brian Leach, Citi’s Chief Risk Officer and Executive Sponsor of the Citi Employee Networks.

Citi’s commitment to an inclusive environment where the most talented people can thrive is reflected by the inclusion of gender identify and expression in its Code of Conduct non-discrimination policy and by benefits coverage for gender reassignment.

Citi’s commitment to diversity resulted in a score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index in 2004 — and every year since — and inclusion on HRC’s “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” list in 2010.